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  • Updated: April 29, 2024

Sokoto: NUJ laments fuel scarcity, urges government, stakeholders' action

Sokoto: NUJ laments fuel scarcity, urges government, stakeho

The Sokoto State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, has lamented the fuel scarcity causing untold hardship to residents in the state and urged the state government and other stakeholders to take action in addressing the challenges.

The council made the call in a statement on Monday co-signed by its Chairman, Dalhatu Abdullahi and Secretary, Muhammad Nasir.

The council revealed that due to the fuel scarcity many commuters no longer have access to transportation as prices have skyrocketed.

According to the statement, there has also been allegation of fuel stations diverting fuel to black marketers further fuelling the scarcity. 

The Sokoto NUJ added that the black marketers sell a gallon of fuel from N12,000 to N15,000.

The statement partly reads: “The scarcity has paralysed daily commuters, with many unable to access transportation due to exorbitant fares for Keke Napep, commercial motorcycles, and taxis.

“Additionally, the limited inter-state transport vehicles exacerbate the challenges of leaving the state.

“The Council observed that Fuel stations are overwhelmed with long queues, leading to some public allegations of irregular operations and accusations of fuel diversion to black marketers, further exacerbating the situation.

“The black market price for fuel has soared, with a gallon costing from N12,000 to N15,000, placing immense strain on the populace both socially and economically.

“In the light of these challenges, NUJ appeals to all relevant authorities and stakeholders to urgently take decisive action to alleviate the suffering of the public.”

 

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